Charged with Disorderly Conduct in Scottsdale?

You may not think your behavior is disruptive or disorderly, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be charged with disorderly conduct, as you may have already found out. If you were charged with disorderly conduct in Scottsdale, it is now up to you to prove your actions were not unlawful. Disorderly conduct is one of the vaguest criminal laws, often used when a police officer is trying to stop “unruly” behavior, and it can be applied to almost any public nuisance situation. Since the law is vague, fighting the charge can be difficult without the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Parker?

Life can be fun in Parker, with plenty of opportunities to spend time outdoors on the Colorado River or partying with friends at Moovalya Lake. But even a good time can turn into a life-changing event that can end up with an arrest. Even if you have never been in trouble before, you can find

Consequences of Driving on a Suspended License

Driving privileges can be suspended or revoked for many reasons, usually due to a previous driving-related offense. When a driver’s license has been suspended it can hamper your ability to manage your life, from work or school to everyday errands you need to complete. However, getting behind the wheel with a suspended Arizona license can

Hiring an Assault Attorney in Apache Junction

Assault charges are taken very seriously in Arizona because they are crimes that cause unwarranted harm to another person. There are several different scenarios when a person can be charged with assault. The different types of assault charges vary according to the injuries sustained by the victim of the assault. With any assault charge, you

Do I Need a Burglary Attorney in Apache Junction?

A charge of burglary is a serious offense because it is considered to be a victim crime. If you have been charged with burglary in Apache Junction, AZ, you should consult a criminal defense attorney who is experienced at defending Apache Junction burglary charges as soon as possible. Under Arizona law, there are different levels

Arrested for Theft in Apache Junction?

Have you been arrested for theft in Apache Junction, Arizona? If so, your future and freedom are at stake. In order to defend against the charges levied against you and protect your rights, you need to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. Matthew Lopez Law is here to answer your questions and provide you an

Criminal Trespassing in Scottsdale

Where you go, and even where you look, can be viewed as a crime in Arizona. Criminal trespassing laws in our state are strict and can come with serious consequences if you are convicted. At best, a criminal trespassing conviction will be a class 3 misdemeanor; at worst, you could be facing prison time and

Is Distracted Driving as Dangerous as Drunk Driving?

Distractions can come in a variety of guises. While you may not think of yourself as being one who participates in distracted driving, you may want to reconsider once you understand the scope of the problem. There is no question about the danger of drunk driving. In fact, drunk driving contributes to about 2 million vehicle crashes annually. Fatalities associated with highway accidents involving two or more cars are over 50% more likely to have alcohol impairment as a factor in the crash. As sobering as those statistics may be, the Centers for Disease Control has identified distracted driving as another major cause for vehicular accidents.

Important Witnesses That May Be Needed in Personal Injury Cases

When you or a loved one has been harmed or injured in an accident or incident, you have recourse of which you should to be aware. At the time of the injury or incident, emotions are high and those involved may be acting on automatic pilot. Important information may go unnoticed or be forgotten. Being aware of those things and people that will help you in a claim for damages will greatly increase your odds for a satisfactory resolution.

Understanding Drug Possession Laws in Arizona

Conviction for a drug possession charge in Arizona can alter a person’s life forever. However, there are options available for defense that can lead to the charges being lowered to a misdemeanor, only probation or dismissed altogether. At Matthew Lopez Law, we are your advocates when it comes to fighting drug possession charges in Arizona. If you have been charged with any type of drug possession or intent to sell or transport drugs, we can help you find the best solution to protect your freedom and future. Call us for a free consultation – it is worth your time to secure the best outcome for your situation.

Former Federal Prosecutor Punished for Moral Lapse

An unfortunate story hit the news this week regarding the moral lapse of a former federal prosecutor.  The attorney was accused of stealing over $600,000 from a previous client who he was defending at the time.  H. James Pickerstein pleaded guilty to mail fraud and will be sentenced in the near future.  He is facing

Phoenix Athletes Arrested for Assault and Domestic Violence

This week, there have been three Arizona athletes arrested for assault. Markieff and Marcus Morris of the Phoenix Suns were arrested for aggravated assault. Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury was arrested for domestic violence after getting into a fight with her fiancée, another WNBA star. Domestic Violence: A Serious Offense My office is seeing

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries start to Bloom in Phoenix

Phoenix now has a medical marijuana dispensary 3 years after voters approved legalizing medical marijuana in 2010.  Bloom Dispensary will actually be the 14th dispensary in the state but the first for the largest metropolitan city in Arizona.  With dispensaries popping up all over the Valley, cardholders have more access to their prescriptions to treat

New bill to ease marijuana debate but only for medical purposes

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Country Thunder MIC and MIP

Country Thunder is over but the memories will last a lifetime….and the consequences of underage drinking also have their own long lasting effects.  Police were in full force at the country music festival that lasted several days in Florence, Arizona.  The event, known for its wild parties and flowing alcohol, saw many of the younger

Tempe DUI cases have possible weakness due to officer misconduct

An article released some surprising news today: numerous DUI cases in Tempe are being reviewed and may be dismissed due to the arresting officer’s misconduct.  The officer, who was experienced on the DUI squad, is on administrative leave pending an investigation.  The city says that some cases have even already been dismissed, but dismissed without

Don’t Let a DUI steal your Country Thunder

Country Thunder is almost upon us!  This large event takes place in Florence, Arizona from April 11-13 and is a celebration of all things country music.  While the music blasts and fans dance and sing along, drinking is also a large part of this festival.  Many people choose to camp out at the event but

Don’t let a speeding ticket ruin your California get-away

Even though Spring Break is over, summer is getting close and that means some of you are planning a quick weekend trip to sunny California to enjoy the beach life for a few days.  California is so close to Phoenix, just hours away by car, that many of us chose to skip the airport lines

Play Ball! Don’t Strike Out the season with a DUI charge

Opening day at the Diamondbacks is here!  Today the Arizona baseball team was up against the St. Louis Cardinals giving Arizonans a fun and memorable day at Chase Field.  With the roof open, the perfect spring weather and of course the hot dogs and beer, baseball fans were in for a treat…. especially now that

Matthew Lopez Law: your best call if facing Meth charge

Any drug charge you may be facing is serious, but a methamphetamine drug charge in Arizona is considered one of the most serious.  In Arizona, Methamphetamine is defined as a dangerous drug and is considered a serious threat by law enforcement and the National Drug Intelligence Agency.  Possession, use, and manufacturing meth are felonies.  Meth

Don’t splash into summer with an MIP, MIC or DUI conviction

Now that the gorgeous Valley weather has arrived, students at area colleges will be excited to begin pool-party season.  For some it will be a weekly event, hanging out with friends at someone’s house with a pool, maybe grilling some burgers and gulping on cold beers and icy daiquiris.  The fun of drinking during the

Car chase leads to arrest… and a call to Matthew Lopez Law

A Prescott Valley man is in big trouble with the law after being arrested for several very serious charges.  Nicholas Wayne Gunter led police on a high-speed car chase from Sedona to Flagstaff last week and is now facing charges of aggravated DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of stolen property.  Three police agencies

Drug Trafficking can transport you straight to prison

As a border state, Arizona finds that much of the drug traffic into the country comes through our area.  State Border Patrol is finding that the drug traffickers are using any method that works in transporting the drugs across the border, including both very traditional “old school” methods, to new high-tech ideas.  Drug cartels have